Role of Library Professional Association in Enhancing Information Literacy Programme

Role of Library Professional Association in Enhancing Information Literacy Programme

Keisham Sangeeta Devi (Manipur University, Imphal, India)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/IJLIS.2019010104
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It has been agreed that information is key to developments in the 21st century. Thus, information serves as one of the fundamental resources and indispensable in all spheres of life of the civilized society. Information is considered as an important factor for the development of any society. Today in this age of information society, it is essential part of Library and Information Professionals to take active role in imparting information literacy to the citizen at large to keep them up-to-date in their life and continue lifelong learning. Information literacy and lifelong learning have a strategic, mutually reinforcing relationship with each other that is critical to the success of every individual, organization, and nation-state in the global information society. In this regard, the present article is an attempt to highlight that Library Professionals association should take a unique role in gathering, organizing, and coordinating access to the best available information for the organization, understanding the critical need of turning that information into usable knowledge.
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Information Literacy Concept

The phrase information literacy first appeared in print in 1974 report by Paul G. Zurkoowski written on behalf of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. He used the phrase to describe the “technique and skills” learned by the information literate “for utilizing the wide range of information tools as well as primary sources in molding information solutions to their problems” and drew a relatively firm line between the “literates” and “information illiterates” (Zurkoowski, 1974).

A number of efforts have been made to better define the concept and its relationship to other skills and forms of literacy. Although other educational goals, including traditional literacy, computer literacy, library skills and critical thinking skills, are related to information literacy and important foundations for its development, information literacy itself is emerging as a distinct set and a necessary key to one’s social and economic well- being in an increasingly complex information society (Kulthau, 1987). The United States National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as “…the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand…” (Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report, 1989). The American Library Association defines “Information Literacy” as a set of abilities requiring individuals to “…recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively they needed information…” (Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, n.d.).

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